Canadian Academy of Engineering elects new Fellows, including Morwick G360’s Dr. Beth Parker!

On June 14th, the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) announced its newly elected Fellows for 2021. Among them is Morwick G360’s founder and director, Dr. Beth Parker.

Founded in 1987, the CAE is an institution that enables skilled engineers to provide strategic advice for the benefit of Canada and Canadians. Each year, the CAE elects new Fellows through a vote of their peers. These Fellows are individuals who have made outstanding contributions to engineering in Canada and worldwide.

The CAE recognizes Dr. Parker for her achievements and service in the field of groundwater protection and contamination treatment:

“Dr. Parker is a global leader in fractured porous geologic media contamination, helping to protect water supplies in Guelph and many other communities. She pioneered new fractured bedrock characterisation methods (as of April 2021: 4 patents and more than 165 refereed papers, among other contributions), including novel downhole borehole devices and procedures for investigating contamination in bedrock aquifers. These methodologies have been used at complex contamination sites worldwide. Her paradigm-shifting contributions have changed how engineers can and should study contaminated sites to inform their remediation decisions. Her new technologies enable effective monitoring of bedrock aquifers.”

You can read the CAE’s full press release and learn about some of the other new Fellows here. Congratulations to Dr. Parker and the rest of the CAE’s new cohort of Fellows!

Happy National Groundwater Awareness Week!

March 8th-14th, 2020 marks National Groundwater Awareness Week. Here at G³⁶⁰ we are excited to share 5 of our favourite groundwater facts relevant to Guelph, Canada, and the world at large.

Did You Know?

  1. Groundwater represents 99% of all unfrozen fresh water in the world. It provides almost half of the world’s population with domestic water, and is the source of almost half of the water used for irrigation worldwide.

  2. Seven countries in the world (China, India, Iran, Mexico, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the United States) account for 74% of global groundwater withdrawals, with India accounting for one fourth of the global groundwater use.

  3. Almost nine million Canadians depend on groundwater for domestic use, which represents over 30% of the population. In some provinces, such as those in the Maritimes, the domestic use of groundwater is much higher. For example, the provinces of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island are 64% and 100% reliant, respectively, on groundwater as a source of water for domestic use.

  4. More than 80% of the people living in the Grand River watershed rely on groundwater as a source of clean, safe drinking water.

  5. Guelph is one of the largest Canadian cities to rely almost exclusively on groundwater for its drinking water supply. The average daily water demand in Guelph in 2019 was 47,015 cubic meters (~47 million liters). That is about 19 Olympic-size swimming pools!

To learn more about Groundwater Awareness Week and how you can get involved, visit the NGWA Groundwater Awareness Week website.

Learn more about the facts you read today at their sources below!
[1] Groundwater Solutions Initiative for Policy and Practice, 2019
[2] When Wells Run Dry, Taylor, 2014
[3] The Canadian Encyclopedia: Groundwater, 2015
[4] Grand River Conservation Authority
[5] City of Guelph Water Services 2019 Annual and Summary Report

Join the G³⁶⁰ Institute at the H₂0 Go Festival 2018 – March 24ᵗʰ 2018

The G³⁶⁰ Institute will be at the H₂0 Go Festival once again in 2018.
Please come visit our desk to learn about Groundwater in a fun an exciting way!

Date: 24ᵗʰ March 2018
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Location: Old Quebec Street Mall, Guelph

https://guelph.ca/event/h2o-go-festival-ecomarket/
http://wellingtonwaterwatchers.ca/event/h20-go-festival/